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KillRod: The Cross of Lorraine Murders
Northridge, CA, Feb 11, 2008 - Kelly Moran is Hollywood's most glamorous
and in-demand movie star, until her body is found with her skull crushed in the grand
bedroom of her home high in the hills of Bel Air. Vietnam war veteran, Hart St. James,
wakes up next to the corpse. His outrage drives him to track down the killer with or
without the help of the law.
Author and Hollywood insider Bill Ison takes readers along for the ride as St. James
attempts to flush out this mystery murderer in Killrod:The Cross of Lorraine Murders.
It's a quest that will take him across the country, as St. James attempts to answer an ever-
twisting series of questions: Why are the studio executives interested in Moran's
relationship with prominent politicians? What is the inexplicable connection between
himself and the mysterious French-born professional assassin he suspects of committing
the gruesome killings? Who hired the assassin? And how is it that the murder weapon
seems to be the same deadly device - dubbed Killrod - that St. James had secretly
created for his own personal use in Vietnam decades ago? The trail leads to the highest
echelons of government - if only he could stay alive long enough to follow the trail's
thread to its source.
Through it all Ison weaves gripping plot lines with the arresting detail of a master
wordsmith set in large part against the backdrop of the Los Angeles multi-cultured
tapestry. Ison sheds light - as only a film industry veteran can - on a Hollywood studio
culture that's sure to fascinate anyone who ever had the slightest interest in the movies.
Killrod is a riveting psychological thriller with a look inside the development of a killer
and a romp through an unseen criminal underground.
About the book:
Killrod by Bill Ison
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: Oct 2007
About the author:
Bill Ison was raised in the green timber country of Northern Wisconsin just before the
Great Depression. He had his first jackknife by age seven and his first .22 single shot rifle
when he was eight. His solitary existence led him to learn wood carving and reading.
After spending years in the corporate world including a ten-year stint as part of Mattel's
marketing team, he turned to the Hollywood film studios where he became a sculptor
creating many of the set pieces seen by millions of moviegoers. He never attempted to
have any of his writings published although some of his short stories provided the story
background for advertising some of Mattel's toys. KillRod is his first novel.
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